We dive into what could be coming later this month
Samsung’s upcoming flagship phone has already been leaked, Blackberry is still trying to convince you it’s 2009 and every other manufacturer in the industry is launching a mid-range smartphone. You know what we say — who cares?
While Mobile World Conference, as the name suggests, has a heavy emphasis on smartphones, let’s take some time to appreciate the undervalued side of the Barcelona tech expo. As usual, we’re expecting smartwatches, fitness trackersand plenty more connected tech to make a splash when things kick off on 26 February.
Take a look below for some devices already confirmed to be dropping at the show, as well as which companies could be in line to release new gadgets.
Sony and Ericsson take on diabetes
Let’s start with things that we already know are debuting in Barcelona, such asSony and Ericsson’s collaborative effort to provide a glucose monitoring wristband to help diabetics on the go.
We don’t yet know what the concept will look like, and there’s no word on what the project is being called or when it will come to health services, but we do know that an LTE chip inside the device will mean users can track their health regardless of connection to a smartphone.
This is certainly an intriguing one, considering the likes of Fitbit and Apple are also exploring how to incorporate non-invasive glucose tracking into a wristband, so we’re looking forward to diving a little deeper into what Sony and Ericsson are working on here.
Omate’s new Lego-style kids watch
You may already know of Omate for its previous work in the kids smartwatch arena, and the latest move from the company is a team-up with Japanese toymaker Diablock in order to provide a Lego-style watch.
As is the case with most kids smartwatches, the device will offer 3G connectivity, location tracking and SOS alerts in order to keep the wearer safe, while more standard features include the a front-facing camera, step counting and a stopwatch.
The Omate x Nanoblock is set to ship in June, but we’ll be hunting down the colourful smartwatch for an extended look on the show floor.
There’s admittedly been little noise regarding a third generation of the Huawei Watch, but after the company used MWC as a platform to release the Huawei Watch 2 last year, it’s entirely possible we see it do the same again this time around.
The Chinese company hasn’t yet confirmed the date of its press conference, but it’s certainly one to keep an eye on for a potential surprise announcement. Huawei’s spin-off, Honor, could also be in the mix for a wearable unveiling.
With the LG Watch Sport and LG Watch Style – the flagship smartwatches of Android Wear – recently turning a year old, and also receiving some odd treatment in Google’s online store, there’s a chance we see a slight refresh of the line, or perhaps even see it brought to more territories.
Like with Huawei, there’s been no real whispers to point to any announcements from the company, but it wouldn’t be the biggest shock if we saw movement from LG in the smartwatch scene.
With the HTC Vive Pro being unveiled at CES last month, it’s unlikely we see any further hardware announcements from the virtual reality setup. However, there’s an outside chance we see a nod to the ever-rumoured standalone Vive system, which has already launched in China in the form of the HTC Vive Focus. And, as is standard with the company, we’re also expecting some new VR experiences to be teased, and maybe some new games in the mix, too.
Sure, Samsung likely won’t find time to discuss anything but the Galaxy S9 during its press conference, but don’t rule out the possibility of the Korean giant showing off a flexible wearable concept and maybe even delving into some of the projects under its C-Lab banner.
And hey, maybe we’ll even get word on when a fully-fledged version of Bixby will be making an appearance on the company’s Gear watches.